People from all over the world participate in “Run Crazy Horse”

HILL CITY, S.D. -Thousands of people participated in “Run Crazy Horse” on Sunday morning.

It was the 9th year that thousands came to the hills to run from Crazy Horse to Hill City.

People from 45 states and two international countries came out to run from Crazy Horse Memorial, through Mickelson Trail, and all the way to Hill City.

Groups could register for a relay and individuals for the marathon or half marathon. Participants were between the ages of 14-years-old to over 80-years-old.

One newlywed couple from Scotland completed their first marathon together.

“We’re on our honeymoon touring the states so we wanted to do a marathon on our honeymoon, this was roughly where we were at the right time,” said Kirsten Law, a marathoner.

Although this was her first-ever marathon, Kirsten got 2nd place in the women’s division.

There were several checkpoints throughout the run with water, electrolyte drinks, and medical assistance if needed.

“We have almost 300 volunteers out today so I always like to say thank you to all of the volunteers because there is no way we could host this many runners from all over without their help,” said race organizer, Emily Wheeler.

Each year more people come out to see the beauty and to take on the difficult trail, which consists of some hills and rough terrain.

“Probably one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever run through, so if anyone was to do a marathon I’d recommend this easily,” said Niven Law, a marathoner.

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